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North Wales Police HQA new scheme is being launched to hit villains – to help community groups across North Wales.

Money seized from criminals will be used to create a pot of money available to organisations which help tackle anti-social behaviour and combat crime and disorder.

Following a successful trial last year, the scheme is being set up by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick CB QC, North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).

A total of £42,000 will be up for grabs – with £3,000 apiece for two groups in each county and £6,000 available for a group that operates across North Wales.

The Your Community, Your Choice initiative – otherwise known as the Participatory Budgeting Scheme – is being partly funded by the money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, using cash confiscated from offenders with the rest coming from the Police Commissioner.

Community groups are being urged to apply between September 8 and October 10 using a form on the websites of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and North Wales Police.

A shortlist of applicants will be chosen by a special panel and from November 1 members of the public will decide which groups to support with a vote via the two websites and a dedicated email address.

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Unknown-4Students and staff at Ysgol Clywedog are celebrating as the number of pupils at the school gaining five or more GCSEs has risen for the second consecutive year.
The school, which has recently been selected for the Welsh Government’s Schools Challenge Cymru programme and will benefit from £500,000 worth of investment over the next 12 months, saw hundreds of pupils pour into the school to collect their results on the morning of 21st August.
Martin Hulland, Headmaster of Ysgol Clywedog, said: “The excellent results achieved by the students this year reflects the commitment and hard work of all the students and staff. They follow on from the positive progress we have made that was highlighted in our recent Estyn inspection.
“I would like to express my gratitude to all the staff, students, parents, governors and members of the local community for their unwavering support of the school, and for helping us follow our new direction for success.”
Every pupil at the school attained at least one qualification, while the number of students obtaining five A* to C grades has seen an improvement of 16% since 2012.
Aston Padley, Kamil Kuchniak, Wictoria Kauc, Jacob Morgan, Jessica Williams, Georgia Tew and Thomas Walley were among the students who achieved particular success with a string of A* and A grades.

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Save A LifeA Welsh Borders company is spearheading an initiative to help make the streets of Britain’s communities safer places for all.

The British Ironwork Centre, based in Oswestry, Shropshire is renowned for its stunning sculptures and artwork and its most recent charity project involved the construction of a gigantic Gorilla sculpture from some 40,000 spoons kindly donated from youngsters in Britain and around the world. The unique cutlery creation was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent in May 2014 and will shortly be donated to a number of Children’s Hospitals and Hospices where it will delight and inspire poorly children.

Following discussions with the BBC, who kindly reported upon and televised its last project, it was decided that a natural progression might be to construct a sculpture from knives and to use this project for the greater social good.

Team discussions led to the development of the “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” campaign, which will see the Centre embark upon an extensive tour of UK cities during the coming months encouraging young people to relinquish their weapons in return for a t-shirt or hoodie bearing the “Save a Life-Surrender Your Knife” slogan. Surrendered knives will be used to create a spectacular 15-24 feet tall Angel statue in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime. The Centre will also be offering the opportunity to those surrendering their knives to visit the Centre and participate in the creation of this unique piece of art.

Knives have already begun to arrive at the Centre, with a flick-knife and carving knife coming from Oswestry alongside an anonymous donation of a knife collection of knives. Clive Knowles, British Ironwork Centre Chairman, said “We have been incredibly encouraged by the response to our campaign which really seems to have resonated with the general public – many people are genuinely concerned about knife crime and making our streets safer for everyone in our communities. Many people are keen to ensure that their knives, household or otherwise, are safely disposed of and do not find their way into the wrong hands.”

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Focus Wales 2015Following the success of the 2014 festival, FOCUS Wales Music Festival & Conference returns to North Wales in April 2015 for its 5th Birthday! The festival will take place from 22nd – 25th April 2015.

FOCUS Wales will once again take over the town of Wrexham for four days, showcasing more exciting bands than ever before, from Wales and around the entire globe! It will also present a billing of upcoming and established comedians, films screenings, and a series of high profile and educational music industry seminars & events, hosted across various venues within the town.

Previous FOCUS Wales performers include: Euros Childs / Michael Rother (NEU! / Harmonia / Kraftwerk) / Catfish & The Bottlemen / Charlotte Church / Damo Suzuki / Cian Ciaran / All We Are / Kids In Glass Houses / Georgia Ruth + comedy from John Cooper Clarke / Gary Delaney / Norman Lovett + talks from the likes of Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream)

To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of FOCUS Wales, there will also be some surprises in store which will be announced at a later date.

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Wrexham FC 150 lgooThe entire first team squad of Wrexham Football Club has followed manager Kevin Wilkin and renewed their membership to become co-owners of the club for the 2014/15 season.


One of the first things Kevin Wilkin did after joining the club in March was to sign his membership forms in front of hundreds of fans. At the pre-season photo call last week, the squad held up their completed membership forms encouraging other fans to follow suit.


The team joins over 3,000 other fans who are all members of Wrexham Supporters Trust which owns the Club. Chair of its Governing Body, Peter Jones said “We are delighted that the first team has renewed their membership, and all the new summer signings have also become co-owners with more than 3,000 fans. This underlines our joint commitment to success on and off the pitch, and that the players are just as passionate about fans ownership as the rest of us.

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